L. Sherwin Terrill
May 26, 1941- August 23,2023
Sherwin was born to Reginald and Fannie Naomi Terrill on May 26, 1941, in Concord, New Hampshire. He spent his boyhood on the family farm in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, along with his older brothers, Donnie and Dudley. Sherwin was a member of Future Farmers of America and 4H. He reminisced about haying in the summer, taking trips to the ocean, collecting sap and making maple syrup, ice skating, skiing, working with his father in his painting business, exploring the state with his friends, Leeland and Craig, and times at the family cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee.
Sherwin graduated from Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He met his wife-to-be, Betty Coyle, at Evangel. Sherwin and Betty were married on August 17, 1962, while he was in his last year of college. When he completed college, he accepted a job at the Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he worked as a computer programmer. While in New Hampshire, his son, Brian was born. He transferred from New Hampshire to Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Hawaii in 1965 where he continued to work until 1967. While in Hawaii, his daughter, Sallie was born.
After leaving Navy Civil service in 1967, he was employed at National Cash Register in Dayton, Ohio, where he worked for 28 years. At NCR his career spanned working with computer and engineering groups in the process of developing the ATM bar code scanner, designing and producing NCRs first silicon chip for use in computers, and various other projects. Upon his retirement, he was employed at Lexis-Nexis in Dayton where he worked for 10 years. While at Lexis-Nexis, he worked with HGML programming to produce on-line legal documentation and was responsible for U.S. Code, New York, and California Code.
Although he worked as a computer scientist, his truly enjoyable work was projects: remodeling, building, improving. His workshop was a grand place for grandkids to play and help out. Sherwin completely remodeled a late 1800s farmhouse. He designed and built a cottage from ground up on Indian Lake at Russells Point, Ohio, made toys for the grandkids, and even constructed a zip line on his property in Beavercreek, Ohio
After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 56, he worked for another 8 years and continued to be active no matter what his limitations were. When they moved to Omaha, he set up and hosted Parkinsons Support Groups to assist other patients and their families affected by Parkinsons Disease.
He loved his wife, Betty Lou, of 61 years dearly and they enjoyed many trips (traveling to all 50 states) and working on projects together. Sherwin took great joy in his family and ensured Sallie and Brian had many family experiences such as board games, playing cards, Carroms, climbing Mount Major in New Hampshire and picking blueberries, panning for gold in the Rocky Mountains, camping, sailing, vacationing throughout the states, Canada, and Mexico, tubing and jet skiing on Indian Lake. In later years he enjoyed spending time at Fort Myers Beach collecting seashells and playing Bocce Ball.
Sherwin took great joy in serving the Lord and raising his children to walk with the Lord. He continued to praise God as grandchildren and great grandchildren were added to the family and his greatest joy was seeing them put God first in their lives.
He had a servant’s heart as evidenced in the way he served wherever he was. He was on the Governing Board at the Aiea Assembly of God in Hawaii; was Sunday School Superintendent, sang in the choir, performed solos, and went on missions trips with the youth at Bethel Temple; and at Kirkmont Presbyterian he taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and in a men’s quartet, worked in a gardening group, went on mission trips, and was a deacon and an ordained Elder.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Reginald and Naomi; and two brothers, Alan and Donnie.
He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Lou; son, Brian (Kimberly) Terrill; daughter, Sallie (Daniel) Frei; Grandchildren: Katherine (Jared) Strock, Laura (Nathan) Seadore, Natalie (Michael) Brown, Curtis and Shane Frei; Gavin, Connor, and Kiel (Amelia) Terrill; great-grandchildren: Halle, Jocelyn, Porter, Neeley, Macie, Osborne, Jessie Kate, Bodee, Riggs, Dixie, and Raina; brother, Dudley (Roberta) Terrill; sister-in-law, Anne Terrill.
A special gratitude to CHI Hospice for their loving care the past months and to Karen Rashid for her years of devoted care, assistance and friendship.
Donations in his memory may be made to The Ranch Ministries located near Pierre, SD. The Ranch Ministries is a faith-based organization serving military men and women, including those suffering from PTSD.
The Ranch Ministries
1905 South 113th Avenue
Omaha, NE 68144
FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday August 29, 2023 at 10:30 a.m., at Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church, 15005 Q St. Interment: Cedardale Cemetery.
To view a live broadcast of the Service, please click the link below provided by the church.
A Service of Remembrance Celebrating God’s Gift of Laurence Sherwin Terrill